Saturday, October 29, 2016

Do Not Be Afraid Little Flock

Jesus said, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
“But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”
Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?” And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and prudent manager whom his master will put in charge of his slaves, to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. But if that slave says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and if he begins to beat the other slaves, men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and put him with the unfaithful. That slave who knew what his master wanted, but did not prepare himself or do what was wanted, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know and did what deserved a beating will receive a light beating. From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.” Luke 12:32-48 

Do Not Be Afraid Little Flock

It is folly to think we are in control
wisdom to recognize we are silly sheep
given to fear and wandering aimlessly
thinking we know how to find home.

Home is the place of God's good pleasure
where we can delight in being loved
where we can find safety and security
not trusting in our own sense of direction.

There is food aplenty in this valley
and safe shelter at the hand of the shepherd
we can pass through dangerous dark crags
come out to the light of love again.

When we try to be our own good shepherd
we lose sight of our own true nature
we get buried in our greed and selfishness
thinking we are not part of a whole flock.

Gentle guidance and a firm hand
leads us to where we can thrive and drink again
cool water flowing in living streams
feed on generous portions at the Savior's hand.


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